Baylor, McLane Children’s partner for new Center for Developmental Disabilities
A new federal study released last week found that one in 68 American children has an autism spectrum disorder — up 30% from just two years ago.
To serve the Central Texas community, the Baylor Autism Resource Clinic (BARC) opened in 2008. Thanks to a partnership with McLane Children’s Scott & White, the BARC and two other Baylor clinics now have a new home in the heart of the Waco community.
Baylor President Ken Starr, Scott & White Healthcare board chair Drayton McLane Jr., BBA ’58, and other VIPs were on hand earlier this week to celebrate the opening of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities. [See photos here.] The new center combines the support of a major healthcare system with the university’s educational and health services programs to assist local children and their families.
Three clinics are housed together in the new facility: the BARC, the Clinic for Assessment, Research and Education (CARE), and the Speech and Language Clinic. (Click the names for more details on what each clinic has to offer.) While addressing complex issues facing families of children with development disabilities, the Center also serves as a training venue for Baylor students preparing for careers in related fields. About 20 graduate students and 10 undergraduate students work alongside Baylor faculty at the Center.
These are just three of many Baylor clinics operated by the university to serve the local community while providing students with hands-on experience; click here for a longer listing.
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